Pianist provokes ecstasy

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra @ King's Lynn Corn Exchange.

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra @ King's Lynn Corn Exchange

By Alison Croose

A young Russian pianist provided moments of exquisite pleasure which fully deserved the rapturous reception she received.

Each time NSO takes to the stage one wonders how they can surpass their last concert. But each offers new musical insights and last night 27-year-old Elizaveta Kopelman was the star.

The Moscow-born pianist has clearly struck up a great rapport with the NSO in her previous three appearances with them, and the bond was cemented in another outstanding display of consummate musicianship.

Rachmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody – especially variation 18 – sent the audience into ecstasy as the pianist's hands danced across the keyboard exploiting all the nuances of this enchanting work which she recently performed at the Barbican.

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That was only part of the treat for Elizaveta learned, especially for the Lynn concert, Litolff's Scherzo. To describe it as “pretty” is not to dismiss it as lightweight – but it is used often as an encore and appropriately ended the pianist's memorable performance.

The programme opened with the delightful rhapsody, In A Summer Garden, by Delius. The romantic mood continued in Brahms' Third Symphony in which the orchestra demonstrated their cohesiveness in the capable hands of conductor James Stobart.

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